September 15th, 2014
Posing a few questions to fellow speakers, fellow audience members (current and former), and fellow easily distracted people. Next month I’m presenting a 90-minute keynote address at a conference (subject: new-media marketing/youth markets) and I am terrified. Looking to my friends for a little guidance and reassurance on this.
1. 90 minutes is a really long time for a talk. Have you ever been to a talk that long that you enjoyed, and what made it so engaging?
2. I feel like the obvious answer is to portion out some of the time to include some audience participation/group activity, but I’ve never ever enjoyed having to do that as an audience member. Ever have to do an activity at a talk that wasn’t too painful? Any advice if I decide to go this route?